Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Physics

Mellon College of Science

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The city of Pittsburgh is vivacious and boasts to be America’s Most Livable City. The second largest city in Pennsylvania, it is located at the confluence of three rivers: the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio. While offering all the opportunities of a large metropolitan area, Pittsburgh has small-town friendliness and a lower cost of living than other major cities, such as Boston, Chicago, San Francisco or New York.

Carnegie Mellon University's main campus is three miles from downtown Pittsburgh, between the Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, and Oakland neighborhoods. The School is within the top 25 in the national U.S. News & World Report rankings, and in the top 60 amongst universities worldwide. Carnegie Mellon is distinct in its interdisciplinary approach to research and education.

Physics research at CMU spans a large range of methods and topics – from the internal structure of particles to the structure of the universe. Our Ph.D. program is consistently ranked among the top 20 U.S. universities by the National Research Council.

The Physics Department is embedded in the Mellon College of Science and an integral part of Carnegie Mellon University's famed interdisciplinary approach to problem solving in the real world, as exemplified through our Condensed Matter/Nanophysics and Biological Physics groups. Carnegie Mellon itself is a critical facet of the story how Pittsburgh reinvented itself as a city of science, innovation, arts and entertainment. This web area gives you brief introductions. Enjoy!